A Family For Every Child's Family Finding program finds and engages relatives and kith connections of children who are languishing in the child welfare system or at risk of entering foster care. This is a community based program which serves the goal of the new federal and state mandate, SB 964 of Strengthening, Preserving, and Reunifying families, and can successfully assist Oregon in implementing differential response methods for both front end and back end cases.
AFFEC conducts the following for each Family Finding case:
- Data Mining: speaking with case staff about relatives who are currently involved, gathering information on legal fathers, gathering contact information for important kith and kin connections.
- Internet Research: search online databases, websites, and social media for relatives' current contact information and more biological connections, as well as important kith connections such as past teachers, neighbors, and babysitters.
- Calling and Engagement: representatives phone connections in order to determine who is committed to the child(ren), and who may be invited to a family meeting. They also gather family tree information, discuss family history, and ask about other relatives who may want to be involved.
Once the following tasks have been completed, AFFEC holds a meeting with the child(ren)'s caseworker in order to determine what relatives should be invited to a Family Meeting, at which the caseworker, family members, and AFFEC staff discuss the child's need for placement and permanency. Solutions are created in order to meet the child's needs, and family members/kith connections are asked to commit to plans that serve the child. This includes (but is not limited to) placement, visits, writing letters, sending pictures, and more. These Family Meetings allow the relatives, kith connections, and case staff to collaborate on plans on how to best support the child.
Follow up Family Meetings are facilitated by AFFEC as needed. AFFEC conducts follow up for at least a year for each Family Finding case.
If you would like to refer a case to our Family Finding program for a child on your caseload, please complete our referral form.
If your organization is interested in having AFFEC conduct Family Finding for children and families you are working with on a regular basis, please email the Permanency Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our offices, (541) 343-2856.